Director of Protected Area Management
Mike focuses on applied, area-based conservation, building on scientific findings to achieve conservation results on the ground. This includes helping governments identify and establish protected areas, creating legal frameworks and systems of governance, developing management strategies and plans, and building the capacity of staff and organisations to meet the complex challenge of being guardians of the world’s growing protected area network.
Mike has worked in more than 40 countries in Southeast Asia, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. His approach is based on a strong belief in participation, working with local partners to build custom-made solutions that meet local conservation needs, contexts and cultures. Mike is author of a widely-used IUCN guide to competences for protected area staff and serves as vice chair for capacity development in the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas.
A nature lover from an early age, Mike started his conservation career as manager of an award-winning project for conservation on private land in his native UK. This was followed by six years developing and delivering vocational conservation training in collaboration with the University of East Anglia. After joining Fauna and Flora International he worked as a protected area management specialist, project manager and South East Asia Program Director, living in Jordan, the Philippines and Cambodia. Prior to joining GWC in 2017, he spent 10 years working as an independent protected area specialist in more than 40 countries.
- MSc. Protected Landscape Management, University of Greenwich, UK.
- BSc. Ecology, University of East Anglia, UK.
Appleton, M. R. (2016). A global register of competences for protected area practitioners. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland.
Appleton, M. R. (2015). Capacity development needs and priorities for nature conservation in South-Eastern Europe. IUCN Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Gland, Switzerland and Belgrade, Serbia.
Müller, E., Appleton, M. R., Ricci, G., Valverde, A. and Reynolds, D. (2015) ‘Capacity development’, in G. L. Worboys, M. Lockwood, A. Kothari, S. Feary and I. Pulsford (eds) Protected area governance and management, pp. 251–290, ANU Press, Canberra.
Appleton, M. R. and Meyer, H. Editors. (2014). Development of common integrated management measures for key natural assets in the Carpathians. WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme, Vienna.
Appleton, M. R., Ionita, A., Nitu, R. & Stanciu, E. (2014). Assessment of capacity development needs of protected area staff in Eastern Europe. ProPark Foundation, Brasov.
Appleton, M. R., Dinu, A., Liscakova, N.,Panchenko, N. & Vergeichik, M. (2012). Biodiversity: delivering results in Europe and the CIS. UNDP, Bratislava.
Appleton, M. R. (2012). Guidelines to accompany the MoU between the Local Action Groups of Albania and Montenegro concerning cooperation in environmental protection, tourism, recreation and sustainable development. IUCN Programme Office for South-Eastern Europe, Gland, Switzerland and Belgrade, Serbia.
Appleton, M. R. (2003) Progress and problems for human resource development for protected areas management in ASEAN member countries. In Capacity needs to manage protected areas: Asia (eds. Julia Carabias and Kishore Rao) pp 147-152. The Nature Conservancy, Arlington Virginia.
Appleton, M. R., Texon, G.I. and Uriarte, M. (2003) Competence standards for protected area jobs in SE Asia. ARCBC, Los Banos, Philippines.
Appleton, M. R. (2001) Training: liberating or constraining. ASEAN Biodiversity, 1(4), p10.
Appleton, M. R. (2001) The use of competence based occupational standards for conservation staff. ASEAN Biodiversity. ASEAN Biodiversity, 1(4), 17-24.
Appleton, M. R. and Morris, J. (1997) Conservation in a conflict area: illegal logging and the re-emergence of the conservation movement in Liberia. Oryx, 31, 153-155.
Pope, S., Appleton, M. R. and Wheal, E-A. (1991) The Green Book. Hodder and Stoughton, London.